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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today sent a letter* of support to TJX Companies Inc., owner of HomeGoods and TJMaxx, urging the company to choose the Mahoning Valley for its proposed distribution center. Rep. Lepore-Hagan’s letter is part of a region-wide effort to retain TJX’s interests in the Valley following its reassessment of a site in Lordstown, Ohio

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Fri, Apr 27, 2018

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today expressed concern about House Bill (HB) 591, a Republican-led effort to once again overhaul the state’s school report card system. The bill would leave current triggers in place for schools that are under or near academic distress—a move the lawmakers say unfairly targets districts in academic distress like Youngstown, Lorain and at least 22 other districts across the state. 

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Fri, Apr 13, 2018

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced legislation to fund sewer and water capital improvements through general obligation bonds. Under this proposal, municipal corporations, counties, townships and other government entities would be eligible to receive state bonds for capital projects to ensure clean drinking water, promote public health and alleviate environmental concerns.

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Tue, Mar 27, 2018

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the unanimous House passage of House Bill (HB) 190, her bipartisan effort with Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) to improve safety by requiring drivers to stop for on-track equipment at railroad crossings.

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Wed, Mar 21, 2018

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Mike O’Brien (D-Warren), Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s biennial capital budget bill. HB 529 makes a $2.6 billion investment in Ohio communities with over $600 million for K-12 schools and $480 million for universities, $350 million for local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission and $147 million for local community projects. 

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Wed, Mar 7, 2018

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued a statement in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5, a bipartisan plan to reform congressional redistricting in Ohio.

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Wed, Feb 7, 2018

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today applauded the passage of House Bill 341, which would allow judges’ residential and familial information to be exempt from public records law. The bill comes in the wake of the shooting of a Jefferson County judge who delivered a 10-month juvenile prison sentence to Ma’Lik Richmond, a Youngstown State University football player convicted of rape in 2013. The player’s father shot the judge last year outside of a county courthouse. 

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Wed, Jan 31, 2018

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and John Boccieri (D-Poland) today expressed shock and anger at Amer “Al” Adi Othman’s sudden detention at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Less than a week ago, the state lawmakers celebrated ICE’s decision delaying Othman’s deportation, only to have it overturned a few days later without reason. The Youngstown lawmakers released the following joint statement:

“Seven weeks ago, Al Adi was handing out Thanksgiving dinners to members of the downtown community,” said Lepore-Hagan and Boccieri. “Today, we are fighting for his very existence in this country and to keep his family together. We call on ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and the Trump Administration to put an end to this ordeal and restore humanity to our federal government. This has been incredibly erratic behavior coming out of Washington on Adi’s case, and we demand an explanation for this injustice.”

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that House Bill (HB) 190, bipartisan legislation to require drivers to stop for on-track equipment at railroad crossings, passed out of Transportation and Public Safety Committee. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), passed out of committee by a 14-0 vote.

“On-track equipment used to repair or clean the railroads are often as big as trains themselves,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Requiring people to stop at rail crossings to look out for this equipment will help prevent serious collisions that are similar to car-train accidents, better ensuring safety on the roads. I am glad and proud today that my colleagues supported this common-sense legislation.”

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017